Caleb Wong

Viola

Hometown: Hong Kong
Alma maters: The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University
Musical origins: I started at 5 on the violin, and then I started playing viola in high school in chamber groups. But my official switch didn’t come until my second year of college. My parents support my decision a lot because they think I would never practice those terrible high notes at home again.
How did you hear about TŌN? I heard about TŌN from friends who were in the orchestra and enjoyed it a lot. I feel like it is going to be a great place to learn and develop myself to be a better musician and person.
Favorite piece to play: Any good string quartet pieces
Favorite obscure piece: Bruckner’s String Quartet
Favorite composer fact: Handel and Bach were both blinded by the same “surgeon,” John Taylor.
Favorite musical memory: Traveling on the road with my quartet and performing wherever we could, including rest areas
Which composer would have had the best social media: Mozart
Favorite fact about your instrument: I used to have a great Italian viola, but it sticks out too much in my quartets and orchestras so I decided to get the one I have now.
The thing most people don’t know about classical music is: One doesn’t need any classical training to listen to or appreciate classical music.
Favorite non-classical musician: Pentatonix or Singaporean pop singer Stefanie Sun
Musical guilty pleasure: Cantonese Rap
Best music to have on repeat: The things that I am working on
What recording would you take to a deserted island: Old recordings of Beethoven’s late quartets.
Favorite non-musical activity: Watching and playing football (as in soccer) and stargazing.
Last book read: Chance Traveler by Murakami Haruki
Favorite painting: Port Coton by Claude Monet
Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Practice smart and hard and be patient.
Time travel destination: Probably back to when I was born and experience my own life the same way again.

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